Despite being roughly a thousand years old, Dublin is most definitely a 21st-century town. The cobblestoned streets, the splendid towers of Trinity College, and the gracious squares of Georgian Dublin still echo with history—but the high-tech boom of the past decade has radically changed the face of the city, particularly in the shining new Docklands area. Today’s Dublin is a confident, cosmopolitan hub filled with excellent restaurants, world-class theaters, and raucous nightlife—and, of course, storied old pubs, where you can encounter funny, gregarious locals in their natural habitat.
- The splendor of the Book of Kells at Trinity College and the mysterious gleam of ancient gold at the National Museum.
- A visit to the world-renowned Guinness Brewery (it should be your first stop on a long tour of Dublin’s legendary pubs).
- The majesty of Georgian Dublin and the Grand Canal on a quiet Sunday morning, followed by a trip along the shore of Dublin Bay on the DART train.